Monday, July 30, 2007

Blink-182: Logo #15

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker designed this icon for their eponymous Geffen album in 2003. Barker credits The Jam and Pop art with the arrows; still, some fans were vexed enough to cry plagiarism and let slip the dogs of blogs, accusing Barker of stealing the happy-face idea from Nirvana's somewhat like-minded logo. Nirvana, however, could well be accused of the same thing, seeing as their happy-face logo was preceded by those of The Weirdos and Social Distortion. Not exactly a brain-busting concept, that happy face. Regardless, it's an effective, simple image, suggesting action in the face of unconsciousness - or, alternately, that sleepwalking through life is just peachy in a post-Reagan reality-TV world.

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